It’s another cool and rainy day out on the Western leg of the tour. Now as we travel through Nebraska, I’ve been told the Southeast portion got hit with some excess amounts of rainfall early this season that may add some variability to the state yield.
Phillips, Nebraska farmer Francis McDonald says the 2015 growing season has one extreme to another.
”It started off good planting, then it got wet, cold, then hot,” said Phillips, Nebraska farmer, Francis McDonald.
Phillips says for the most part, his area escaped some heavy May rains still leaving a mark in the field.
”When you go farther down it’s drowned out, washed out, that kind of thing,” said McDonald.
That excess moisture is still creating problems in some fields on the way to Nebraska City. Some fields have damage, pests and disease pressure.
“We came in this morning expecting to see all 200 bushel yields and we’ve just seen one out of five so far,” said Matt Bennett with Bennett Consulting.
The fields on the way over just continued to vary. As far as beans go, the scouts say they’re shaping up nicely.
“The beans look uniform. Pod counts may not be quite as good as what people expected but all-in-all I think it’s pretty good for where we’re standing and how wet it is,” said Bennett.
While the Nebraska crop is good, both farmers and scouts say they expected better conditions.
“I think Nebraska crop now is less than what USDA is saying based on what I’m seeing but we still have a ways to go today,” said Bennett.
”We’ve seen 140 to 200 bushel corn today. That’s a little less than anticipated,” said Iowa farmer, Brent Judisch.
Despite the weather concerns, McDonald believes this year’s crop may not top last but he expects a good crop in his area, even if yield may be tough to determine.
“I’m expecting an above average crop because we’ve had enough moisture to make the dryland crop fairly good,” said McDonald.
Now some other scouts on a different path told AgDay they saw some pretty cconsistent conditions. That just shows you how variable Nebraska really is now. McDonald says he believes maturity is behind in his area. He says an early frost could do some damage.